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29Sep/0923

Windows, (Disable) Nagle’s Algorithm, and gaming…

Alright, so I just installed Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (7600).  I noticed in some of the games I frequent (sadly WoW being the main one) that I was sitting around 112ms~ latency.  Much like HDTV buffs notice the most minute imperfections in video, gamers can basically feel the delay between when they enter a command and when their game performs the intended command.  You can essentially cut your latency in half by disabling Nagle's Algorithm... I dropped down to a 53ms~ average.

3Mar/140

Porsche & Aston Martin GT3/GT4 Cars at Thermal Club (Thermal, CA)

20140301_112506_Richtone(HDR)

March 1, 2014 - I was invited out Thermal Club by a fellow subie-pal, Shane R.  The very recent inclement weather kept some of the other teams from showing up, but The Racer's Group/Aston Martin Racing and TruSpeed were out getting some test laps in.  From what I gather, more teams showed up in the afternoon but I had other responsibilities waiting at home that required my attention so I head to head out.

5Apr/130

FIX: Cisco MARS 6.1.5.3508.41 Upgrade from Recovery

Cisco Support Community reference thread.

Recently I received an RMA replacement for a CS-MARS-20 unit that had a failing drive.  Thankfully we were able to get a configuration backup at its current version (6.1.5), so once the new appliance was received I was able to use the recovery image available from Cisco's download site to get it to 6.1.5.  After that I restored the configuration and everything was back to normal, but we needed to get onto the latest version (6.1.8).

22Dec/127

FIX: Office 2013 Install (Upgrade) – Error 1921. Service ‘Windows Font Cache Service’ (FontCache) could not be stopped…

I got around to upgrading to Office 2013 from 2010 today on my Windows 8 machine and ran into an issue with the "Windows Font Cache Service." I didn't think to screenshot the error, but it occurred right after I chose the options I wanted and clicked the 'Upgrade' button. The installer didn't hang, it just wasn't able to progress at all and gave me the message about being unable to stop the service.  I tried to stop it manually from the services management console, which failed with an error stating it couldn't be stopped and to contact my system administrator.

I'm not one to carry on conversations with myself so I did some searching and most of the results said to uninstall the previous version before installing 2013, but there's an easier way...

12Oct/120

Industrial Photoshoot – Twin 08 STis

Photos by: Edward Chang

So Ed and I have 2008 STis, they look pretty damn similar to folks who don't know much about them.  We've been talking about taking them out for a shoot for a while and finally had a day where both of our cars had just been cleaned up.  We were hanging out at a meet and agreed to head out at dusk for some shots. Later that evening we went to Palm Springs to what I assume was some sort of power diversion plant since it was surrounded by the infamous So Cal windmill forest. The creeper security guard, that appeared to be meth'ed nearly out of his mind, drove by several times and even jotted down our plates. He did explain some people were stealing copper but we believe there's a good chance he's the crook and is just looking for alibi.  We told him we were there taking pictures for a magazine (clearly not the case).  My car has the black roof and front mount intercooler, Edward's has a band-aid on the fender... injury by shopping cart. ;)

I will re-upload the photos once I get the original edits from Ed, these were downloaded from his facebook album and quality is a little lackluster.

28Jul/121

HELLASICK of HELLAFLUSH, bring on the function…

HellaFail

DISCLAIMER: There are functional hella-flush setups out there.  Heck, I'm borderline hella-flush, albeit with big, fat, meaty tires.  My frustration lies with the terms "poke" and "stretch".  I'm not going to try to describe this phenomenon to you, there is plenty of information out there attainable by a quick search... additionally I've linked a couple sources of information here.

I frequent a few automotive forums in the Subaru community.  Over the past couple years the HELLA-FLUSH scene has really spread...

24Jun/124

Components of my Home Office… Gaming & Work – “The Work(battle)station”

Gaming? Sure. Work? Sure. Both at the same time? Absolutely.

The brains; HULKSMASH

(I'm a bit of a Hulk fanboy and built the machine about 3 days after seeing Avengers.)

  • Case: NZXT Phantom
  • Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth Z77
  • Processor: Intel I7-3770k
28Aug/114

2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Hatch – “theNoise” (Broken welds[?] = Squeak) *RESOLVED[?]*

Update 2011.09.16: At this point I'm quite comfortable with saying that this issue was definitely related to the passenger side hatch damper.  The issue persisted after spot welds were reinforced, and ceased after the dampers were replaced.

This began as a thread entitled " 2008 STi - Broken welds on rear roof support (metal on metal squeak)..." on a Subaru WRX STI enthusiast site, IWSTI.com.  I had some free time so I decided to port it over here for safe keeping as well.  I'll continue to keep both the thread and this post updated as things progress.  Any post by an IWSTI.com member that I reply to I will include here.  There are other replies from interested members in the thread that I didn't reply to, and aren't listed here.  Please follow the link if you'd like those details as well.

Car: 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi (Hatch)

Problem: Broken welds on roof support near hatch opening causing metal on metal squeaking over bumps or in turns.
Update 2011.08.27; Could this have been misdiagnosed??? <- Click for more information.

29Sep/100

RaceComp Engineering “Yellows” for GR STi (RCE Yellows)… My story.

Manufacturer: RaceComp Engineering
Product Page: http://racecompengineering.com/osc/product_info.php?&products_id=125
Cost: $359 US
Install Difficulty: 2/5  [Installation Manual]

The presence of RaceComp Engineering (RCE) on IWSTI and other enthusiast forums is quite well known.  Sure, they've established a solid reputation for providing great products using their expertise and knowledge only attainable by real world experience.  For me though, what sets RCE apart, is their ability to do this and still maintain efficient communication practices with their customer base, both on a one-on-one basis and in the masses via web forums.  For example, neglecting the three hour time difference, I called Myles at roughly 10pm PT when I was struggling with the removal of the bottom nuts on the front struts.  Mind you, he's located in Maryland, he answered and was surprisingly pleasant with me and discussed the options I had based on what tools I had available to me.  He didn't seem rushed or disrupted at any point during our nearly ten minute conversation...

5Oct/090

Firefox and its elusive “Temp Directory”…

When you view the web using any browser, whether it be Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, etc., your computer stores all the HTML, images, and other files as you go in a temporary location on your computer.  Typically these files are cleared out once the specified size limit is reached, however more savvy users (see: nerds) prefer to have this done on a more frequent basis.  Some also prefer to change the location where these files are stored to avoid clutter or hard drive performance knocks.  Having an SSD as my OS drive, I choose to store these files on a separate HDD.

For firefox users, changing your "Temp Directory" isn't quite as easy as it is in Internet Explorer.  In fact, no matter how hard the average Joe looks for it, he'll find himself either tearing what hair he has left out, or giving up... So here you go!

1. Open Firefox and in the address bar, type: about:config